Did Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC’s (DFM:DU) Share Price Deserve to Gain 21%?

These days it’s easy to simply buy an index fund, and your returns should (roughly) match the market. But one can do better than that by picking better than average stocks (as part of a diversified portfolio). To wit, the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC (DFM:DU) share price is 21% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market return of around -2.5% (not including dividends) in the same period. So that should have shareholders smiling. However, the stock hasn’t done so well in the longer term, with the stock only up 2.0% in three years.

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To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it’s a weighing machine. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.

Over the last twelve months, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC actually shrank its EPS by 1.3%.

The mild decline in EPS may be a result of the fact that the company is more focused on other aspects of the business, right now. Since the change in EPS doesn’t seem to correlate with the change in share price, it’s worth taking a look at other metrics.

We haven’t seen Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC increase dividend payments yet, so the yield probably hasn’t helped drive the share higher. It saw it’s revenue decline by 6.2% over twelve months. Usually that correlates with a lower share price, but let’s face it, the gyrations of the market are sometimes only as clear as mud.

The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

DFM:DU Income Statement, March 3rd 2020
DFM:DU Income Statement, March 3rd 2020

Take a more thorough look at Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC’s financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.

What About Dividends?

It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. The TSR incorporates the value of any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings, along with any dividends, based on the assumption that the dividends are reinvested. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. As it happens, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC’s TSR for the last year was 26%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.

A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 26% over the last year. Of course, that includes the dividend. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 10%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Case in point: We’ve spotted 1 warning sign for Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC you should be aware of.

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